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Will pure kero run in these cars? If not what is a safe mix? Someone told me a friend runs kero in his diesel rabbit.
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I know some people run up to %50 kerosene in the winter to prevent gelling, but they suffer a performance loss. I think the car would run but it may not actually start off of kerosene. I'm not an authority, wait for someone who knows more.
 
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Yes it will but you'll need
to add some kind of lube to it.

A bottle of canola oil should
the trick.

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Lou's W123 - 3/27/2005 2:22 PM

Yes it will but you'll need
to add some kind of lube to it.

A bottle of canola oil should
the trick.

Louis.
How well will it run on kerosene? Would there be much power loss, more than the savings would be over diesel fuel?
 

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you can run a couple of gal. of kero no problem. done it plenty of times in the winter to avoild gelling.not sure if it would run on straight kero though.

hmmm.. maybe it would be good to try a nice cocktail for our diesels, say mix kerosene, diesel, veg oil, used engine oil, plus maybe a dash or 2 of sesame oil and peanut oil for flavor and aroma![:p]
no hot sauce though...[}:)]
 
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Stevenpfaff - 3/29/2005 2:01 PM

Lou's W123 - 3/27/2005 2:22 PM

Yes it will but you'll need
to add some kind of lube to it.

A bottle of canola oil should
the trick.

Louis.
How well will it run on kerosene? Would there be much power loss, more than the savings would be over diesel fuel?
I have heard that there is some power
loss yes.
How much? I don't know yet.
I'm going to try it at my next
fill up.
I'll report back after.

FYI: Here diesel is between $2.17
and $2.30 right now.

Kero is $1.97

Louis.
 

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Years ago in the congo diesel was hard to come by. I ran a tractor on kerosene with two quarts of dino 30 weight oil. Learned the trick froma 72 year old missionary.
 
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how quite interesting. not that i'll ever do it in MY coupe, but is a nice thing to know in case the oil market falls apart caus of bush and his wars. i would have always thought that kero would "super detonate" in the motor, like gas or carb spray would, causing damage. but now i know apparently not. is it a "heavier" petroleum form than diesel fuel?
 

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Kerosene is 'lighter' than diesel. It is taken from the distillation column between diesel and gasoline.
 
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Ok all I did it.

I ran pure kero(with one bottle
of canola oil)last week and I
didn't really feel much difference
other than that there was a little
less torque in the upper power band.

My 84 300td didn't have any issues
when taking off from a traffic light.
(Although it smelled like a jet taking off.)
I don't know if this is due to the
turbo but since I don't have a NA
aspirated diesel I can't compare.

Mine didn't start any more difficult
in the morning that usual but then
again it wasn't really that cold here.

The only problem I might have is that
I might get in trouble with the feds.
Since the kero pump was labeled
"For non-taxable purposes only."

Lets see what happens.

Louis.
 
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84300DTurbo - 3/30/2005 3:16 PM

you can run a couple of gal. of kero no problem. done it plenty of times in the winter to avoild gelling.not sure if it would run on straight kero though.

hmmm.. maybe it would be good to try a nice cocktail for our diesels, say mix kerosene, diesel, veg oil, used engine oil, plus maybe a dash or 2 of sesame oil and peanut oil for flavor and aroma![:p]
no hot sauce though...[}:)]
Speaking of a weird cocktail.
The other day I ran a mix of engine oil,
power steering fluid and brake fluid.


Ran great, and I would say that the engine
runs smoother that it did before.

Louis.
 

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I know someone that ran a diesel rabbit on jet fuel (which is kerosene for all practical purposes) and he had no problems except plugging fuel lines because the fuel wasn't clean.
 

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You should be ok with these:

#1 & #2 Diesel
1K & 2K Kerosene
Jet-A
Jet A-1
JP-5
JP-8

You should not use these:

Jet-B
JP-4
Cite
 
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